Excerpt from The Monist, Vol. 32: A Quarterly Magazine Devoted to the Philosophy of Science
At the same time the Marxian socialism is quite the reverse of the previous Utopian socialism just on account of this economic fatalism, which, by making the advent of the desired regi... me depend on the mechanical and fatal evolution of the economic process, entirely denies a priori the efficacy of law in general, and of the law of property in particular, as regards changing in one direction or in another the economic process itself.
The mischief done by this economic fatalism to the action of the socialist party, though not very gravely felt as long as this party was obliged, by the feebleness of its forces, to limit itself to a merely negative action of criticism, is severely felt now that the party, with its forces so not ably increased as to put it in a position to act, would re quire a positive programme of action.
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